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June 07, 2011

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Join reporter Jennifer Hunter as she shares the story of Jacinto Bonilla of CrossFit NYC.

Bonilla is a 72-year-old trainer at his gym. After finding CrossFit at age 67, Bonilla decided to give a second career a try and retired from radiography to become a coach. Even with an athletic background in competitive running, bodybuilding and circuit training, he says, “CrossFit really humbled me. ... I thought I was in shape.”

Now Bonilla is definitely in shape as he prepares for the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games.

Bonilla competed in the 2008 CrossFit Games and had planned on competing in regionals last year, but an injury took him out of the competition. This year, he finished seventh overall in the masters 60-plus division and looks forward to the main event at the Home Depot Center this July.

When asked about how aging affects him as a CrossFitter, Bonilla replies, “You slow down, but that’s about it, you know. I still feel as strong as I was, and I still feel that I could do a lot of things.”

Bonilla concludes: “I wish … that every 70-year-old could do the things I do.”

8min 27sec

Additional reading: CrossFit After 40 by Dr. Allison Belger, published Jan. 30, 2010.

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7 Comments on “Preparing for Masters: Jacinto Bonilla ”

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wrote …

Jacinto is a source of true inspiration!

-Boz

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Allison Bojarski wrote …

I'm so lucky to have Jacinto as a friend, a coaching colleague (at CFNYC), and a health/longevity fitness role-model. Can't wait for him to rock it at the Games!

If you haven't watched the two other CF Journal videos about Jacinto, take the time to do so--you won't be disappointed.

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wrote …

good luck to you at the games. Looking forward to meeting and competing with you.

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wrote …

You rock jacinto! My dads in his early 60's and just starting crossfit. You are an inspiration for both of us in ways you may never know. NEVER GIVE UP!!!!! (but I don't have to tell you that)

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I have had the honor of meeting Jacinto on several occasions and he is a great guy, and awesome coach and one hell of an athlete. I watched him do Fran as rx'd at an L1 seminar in less than 9 minutes a year or two ago. He is amazing!

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wrote …

jacinto is the man!!! what an inspiration!!! go jacinto!!!!

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Thank you everyone,crossfit is the to go!!

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